After another epic season of racing, MCN’s sports team of Michael Guy (Sports Editor), Simon Patterson (MotoGP reporter) and Oli Rushby (Superbike reporter) sat down to discuss who impressed them the most in each race series we cover – and to whittle down a shortlist of exactly who was the most impressive racers of the season.
With that in mind, we’ve came up with a list of six – but we need your help to cut that down to award the 58th running of our Man of the Year award!
Jonathan Rea settled any arguments that he’s one of the greatest of all time when it comes to World Superbike racers, doing what even the great Carl Fogarty couldn’t do and take his third consecutive title in the class in 2017.
Not only winning the title but dominating it this year, his incredible win record means that not only is he now the second-most successful WSB racer of all time, he’s managed to win an incredible 70% of races since he first jumped onto the Kawasaki machine at the start of the 2015 season.
Such have been his achievements this season that Rea has also become the first racer in a decade to be rewarded for his merits outside the sport, visiting Buckingham Palace earlier this year to collect his MBE award and coming home in second place overall in the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.
To have your say on who should be the overall 2017 MCN Man of the Year, click here to vote.